Mike McGinn, Mayor
7/9/2012 5:39:00 PM
Karen O'Connor 206-684-8020
Seattle Celebrates Jefferson Park Jubilee
Experience the spectacular view, deepest skateboard bowl, fabulous music, family fun!
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the Jefferson Park Jubilee on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. to celebrate myriad improvements to the park.
The day begins with Taiko drumming and ends with music by local favorites Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day. Samoan Slap Dance, skateboard clinics and demonstration, kite making and flying, along with bike polo, lawn bowling, Samoan cricket and the winning Asa Mercer Ultimate Frisbee team, are just a few of the activities that will fill the day.
Seattle Parks constructed park improvements in a 43–acre area of Jefferson Park which includes the area covering of the Beacon Reservoir. The improvements were developed over the last 12 years with substantial community participation and in collaboration with Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, Seattle Department of Transportation, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Department of Neighborhoods.
Jefferson Park, the sixth largest park in the city, offers unparalleled views of the Duwamish River, the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle. An Olmsted inspired path system flanked with trees offers a wonderful respite from city life. The extensive hierarchy of pathways through the site offer connections to the neighborhood and surrounding amenities. The Park boast the deepest skate bowl in Seattle, a state of the art water feature and play area, a beautiful grass amphitheater, and artwork by local public artist Elizabeth Conner.
The Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee and the Consulate-General of Japan made arrangement for the donation of 25 cherry trees to Jefferson Park. A celebration of this donation at noon during the Jubilee will mark the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry blossom trees from the people of Japan to the people of the United States and the significance that Jefferson Park has played for Japanese-Americans since the 1920s.
Jefferson Park is located on north Beacon Hill at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. Seattle Parks encourages visitors to take light rail or the bus. Parks is providing van shuttle service from the Beacon Hill light rail station.
For more information on the events during the Jubilee, please visit http://www.jeffersonparkjubilee.com/. For more information on the project, please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/jefferson/park.htm or contact Andy Sheffer, Project Manager, at (206) 684-7041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Beacon Hill Merchants Association. Sponsors include the Consulate-General of Japan, Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee, ROCKIT Community Arts, Verity Credit Union, Zone 4 Printing, the Jefferson Prak Alliance, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks, the Jefferson Park Community Center, the Associated Recreational Council (ARC), and Cascade Bicycle Club.
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